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Homework Helpers at the Library

Struggling with a class or your homework? Get help from our Homework Helpers, a crew of high school students volunteering their brainpower to help you!

Homework Helpers is on hiatus for this semester. Please check back for future updates.

You can find more information on our Volunteer page.


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Researching for a school project? Want to better understand current events? Just want to know all the things? We are here to help!

This handout has our favorite resources and effective search techniques.

For more help, call 847-506-2669, email us at, or use the "Chat with us" feature at the bottom of the page! 

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Online Tutoring Live Homework Help offers daily one-on-one online help with math, science, English, social studies and more.

Tutors are available from noon – midnight!

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Library Databases For Homework & Research

Articles from thousands of magazines/journals, covering all topics. 

Young adult edition of the world's most famous encyclopedia. Includes a world atlasstate profilesbiographies, and more, as well as "how-to" guides for research projects, presentations, etc.

The world's most famous encyclopedia. Includes a world atlasstate profilesbiographies and much more.

Learn about the world's countries and peoples.

Updated interface allows simultaneous searching of MasterFile PremierAcademic Search PremierBusiness Source Premier and ERIC, with additional browsing tools.

Millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts.

Biographies and full text articles; see also Access My Library app.

Topical overviews and reference, magazine and journal articles covering environmental issues.

Magazine, news and reference articles for middle school through undergraduate. Covers science, literature, history, social sciences, arts, etc.

Pro/con articles on major issues:  gun control, drug legalization, immigration, etc. Especially useful for debate preparation, gaining context for election issues, etc.

Combines the content of Gale's LitFinder database of poetry and criticism and Gale's Contemporary Authors Online database of biographical information and bibliographies.

Magazine, journal and reference articles on all topics. Includes Consumer Reports issues.

Primary source documents pertaining to the history of the United States.

Full-text issues of National Geographic (1880-present) and  National Geographic Traveler (2010-present).  Hundreds of maps, videos and images.

Live tutors online to help with math, science, English, social studies etc., as well as standardized tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, etc.) and career help (1-on-1 resume reviews, etc.) IOS App available.

A comprehensive encyclopedia with easier-to-read articles. Includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video.
Until April 30, additional World Book resources are available by clicking on the "World Book Home" link at the lower left of the World Book Discover page.

Library Databases For Learning New Skills

More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Includes sewing/quilting/knitting, paper crafts, food, jewelry, holiday crafts and more. | Privacy note.

Arlington Heights cardholders only

In-depth, instructor-led, 6-week classes on tech topics, health care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, and more. Some classes can lead to certification and continuing education units (CEUs)

Arlington Heights cardholders only

Languages/cultural awareness. French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese German, English (for Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish speakers) and more, plus Little Pim for kids.

Prep/practice tests for GED, ACT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, AP, job-related tests, TOEFL, citizenship and more. Search for colleges/scholarships or use the online resume builder and career exploration tools. Full list of tests & courses.

    Web design, coding, mobile app development and more. Earn points/badges to track your progress and create a showcase for potential employers.

    If you signed up for a library card online, you must receive a permanent library card (sent to your Arlington Heights address) before signing up for Treehouse.

    New user? Account deactivated? Use our account activation form.

    Additional FREE resources  (no account required):

    • Treehouse Festival--July 27-31:  Free 5-day online event focused on careers in coding, working from home and developing 21st century skills. Register here.
    • Livestreamed training sessions via their YouTube channel. Check back every few days for updates.
    • YouTube edition of their "How to Work Remotely" tutorial.
    Arlington Heights cardholders only

    Online card registrants will have access after they receive their permanent library card. If you are unable to access your existing account, CONTACT US (select "Tech Help" as your feedback topic).

    Gale Presents: Udemy offers over 3500 on-demand video tutorials covering technology (e.g., Office, Windows, and Mac OS, coding, etc.), business & management, job & career skills, and personal growth. Some courses offer IT certification test prep or project management professional development units (PDUs)